Department of Chemistry
Science and Research 397
Michael Gates, Interim Chair
Yan Xu, Graduate Program Director
Areas of Study
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
The Chemistry Department is housed in the Basic Science Building and the Science and Research Center. In addition to well-equipped research laboratories, there are special function rooms, such as a cold room, glass and electronic shops, a computer room, and a darkroom. Generally, graduate students occupy research space near their research advisors, which leads to frequent interaction.
Major instrumentation available in the program includes superconducting multinuclear NMR, automated X-ray diffractometer, GC-ion-trap MS, MALDITOF and LC-ESI-triple quadruple and LC-ESI-ion-trap mass spectrometers, capillary electrophoresis, HPLC, GCFTIR, FTIR spectrometers, UV-visible spectrophotometers, liquid scintillation counter, immunoassay instrumentation, fluorescence spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometers, EPR, and extensive computer capabilities. Students also have ready access to the facilities and the state-of-the-art instrumentation available at the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland State Mass Spectrometry Facility is located in the department and serves the research and service needs of Cleveland State faculty and students. Opportunities for graduate training in mass spectrometry are afforded through the facility.
MS Program in Chemistry:
The Master of Science degree in chemistry is designed for both full-time and part-time students. It provides advanced training for those who wish to further their careers in industry, laboratory medicine, or teaching, as well as students who feel the need for more study before pursuing a Ph.D. or MD. Graduate course offerings are scheduled in the evening so employed students can earn the degree on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses per semester. Graduate training at the MS level is offered in analytical, clinical, inorganic, medicinal, organic, physical, and environmental chemistry. The MS degree in the area of clinical chemistry includes practical training in the well-equipped operating medical laboratories. The MS program in chemistry offers both thesis and non-thesis options, except in the area of clinical chemistry, which is a course-work-only program
Teaching assistantships are not available to MS students. Research assistantships may be available through individual faculty, depending on external funding.
In addition to meeting the College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, applicants for graduate study (Master’s and Ph.D.) in chemistry must have had one year of general, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry; a year of physics; and mathematics through partial derivatives and multiple integrals. Applicants lacking any of these requirements may be admitted, but any deficiency must be made up as soon as possible. Credits earned in remedial courses do not count toward degree requirements.
Typically, chemistry applicants are required to submit to the University an official report of their performance on both the aptitude and chemistry subject area tests from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). However, applicants with outstanding records (grade-point average above 3.0 in addition to other evidence of solid preparation) may request that this requirement be waived by the Chemistry Graduate Committee. The GRE requirement cannot be waived for international students. International students who do not have a degree from an institution in the United States must also arrange to have the results of their performance on the TOEFL sent to the University by ETS.
The application deadline each year is January 15. Submit all materials to the Graduate Admissions Office, Main Classroom, Room 116. (International applicants submit materials to the Center for International Services and Programs, Main Classroom, Room 116).
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MS Degree Completion Requirements
The MS degree requires the completion of at least thirty-two credit hours of core and elective courses. The formal course work for the MS degree is structured around a core of courses that includes nine to twelve credit hours of advanced chemistry courses from three chemistry categories and two credit hours of chemistry seminar. The remaining credit requirements may be fulfilled with any combination of elective courses suitable to a desired concentration and approved by the student’s advisor.
MS students in the clinical chemistry program fulfill the departmental thirty-two-credit-hour requirement by completing the sequence of courses specified by the program.
Non-thesis MS students usually complete the credit requirement by taking appropriate courses as arranged by their advisor.
Thesis MS students in all areas ordinarily complete their program by taking appropriate courses for a total of at least sixteen credits (excluding credit for CHM 600 ) and then at least sixteen credits in experimental research (CHM 699 ) under the direction of a faculty advisor selected by the student. Upon completion of the research, each student is required to produce and defend a thesis accepted by a thesis committee. The committee consists of the student’s advisor and at least two other graduate faculty members
MS students must either complete at least thirty-two credit hours of approved course work with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher or complete at least sixteen credit hours of approved course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, at least 16 credit hours of CHM 699 MS Thesis, and successfully defend a master’s thesis.